Panthers 52, Davis 51 to win District Title
WENATCHEE, WA – The Wenatchee Panthers won the District 6 Championship Saturday night with a thrilling, 52-51 victory over Davis at Wenatchee High School. It literally came down to the final seconds after Davis wrestled away its first lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Grant Olson and Eric Kuntz had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel. Davis grabbed the lead midway through the fourth quarter and led by 4 with 1:28 remaining. Garrett Long hit a huge three-pointer to bring Wenatchee within one. Jose Reyes made the front end of two free throws with 54.1-seconds left to lift Davis to a 51-49 lead.
Wenatchee’s Chase Loidhamer was fouled on the rebound of a missed driving shot by Long to earn two free throw attempts with 36.5-seconds left. Loidhamer, a 6’5″ junior, missed the first but made the second to close the gap to 51-50. Evan Smith managed to steal the ball from Davis’ Xavier Guerrero and fed Nathan Blauman, who dribbled the length of the floor and was fouled going to the basket with 24.5-seconds left. Blauman made both free throws to put Wenatchee back on top 52-51.
Davis still had one more shot as they worked the ball down the floor with 8-seconds left. Reyes had the ball knocked from his hands by Wenatchee’s Evan Smith. It bounced into the hands of Reyes, who was fouled by Blauman with med 5.2-seconds remaining. The sophomore missed both free throws with the rebound winding up in the hands of Earl Lee, who heaved a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer, which barely missed. Wenatchee stormed the floor in jubilation as the Panthers claimed the District Title with the 52-51 victory.
Wenatchee is #14 in the final RPI by the WIAA. That will certainly mean a road game either Friday or Saturday against most-likely #11 Kentridge.